Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Planned Norway asylum centre destroyed by fire

Share this article

Planned Norway asylum centre destroyed by fire
The former boarding house was due to hose 64 asylum seekers. Photo: Stian Strand / NTB scanpix
09:00 CEST+02:00
Early on Tuesday morning, a fire broke out a planned asylum centre in Hol Municipality in Hallingdal that left the building completely destroyed.
Police were notified of the fire at 4.52am on Tuesday. 
 
“The building has suffered great damage but it hasn’t burned completely down. It’s possible the fire brigade will monitor a controlled burn,” police spokesman Ole Kristian Nerby told NTB. 
 
Nerby said it was too early to say anything about the cause of the fire but confirmed that no one was in the building when the fire was discovered. 
 
The building was approved for use as an asylum centre in January. The former boarding house was due to host 64 asylum seekers. 
 
In December, two people were charged with arson for setting fire to a hotel scheduled to house asylum seekers in southwest Norway. That fire was praised on several anti-refugee Facebook pages with warning that “this won’t be the last fire”. 
 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Popular articles

Advertisement

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Master’s students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren’t there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement

Popular articles